Oklahoma House Speaker proposes fining railroad companies for stalled trains
OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s something that has happened to most drivers, but a proposed bill would fine railroad companies if stalled trains block intersections.
A high-ranking state lawmaker wants to put a stop to stalled trains at intersections.
House Speaker Rep. Charles McCall, R-Atoka, has filed a bill that would fine railroad companies up to $10,000 if a train is stopped at an intersection for more than 10 minutes.
McCall says not only is it annoying, but it is also potentially life-threatening if first responders become stuck at a crossing.
“We had a specific incident where the child could not get to the hospital because of the railroad crossing being blocked for a long period of time,” Rep. McCall told KJRH.